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American Chai Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 14, 2003
This ethnic family sitcom thing is rapidly turning into wearisome cliche, and American Chai doesn't hold a candle to either Beckham or Greek Wedding.
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
October 7, 2002
Chai's structure and pacing are disconcertingly slack.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
By now, I've seen far too many American indie movies with similar semi-autobiographical subjects.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 7, 2002
[It's] difficult to get beyond the overall blandness of American Chai, despite its likable performances and refreshingly naive point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rasmi Simhan
Dallas Morning News
May 16, 2002
American Chai encourages rueful laughter at stereotypes only an Indian-American would recognize. And the lesson, in the end, is nothing new.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 18, 2002
The picture uses humor and a heartfelt conviction to tell a story about discovering your destination in life, but also acknowledging the places, and the people, from whence you came.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 15, 2002
An inexperienced director, Mehta has much to learn.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2002
A perceptive, good-natured movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Megan Turner
New York Post
April 5, 2002
A slight but sweet film.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
April 4, 2002
In its understanding, often funny way, it tells a story whose restatement is validated by the changing composition of the nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 2, 2002
As earnest as a community-college advertisement, American Chai is enough to make you put away the guitar, sell the amp, and apply to medical school.